The Baby has been in the corner for quite a long time now. Despite having had a career in movies and TV after her peak, Jennifer Grey is talked about much less often than she used to be. Maybe because her husband is busy managing the Avengers- Oops, he's been dead for almost a decade now. RIP Phil Coulson.
Anyways, let's take a look at Jennifer Grey's journey to Hollywood, her peak, and "God nose what else." Geddit? I'll see myself out.
Being born in a family where your father is Joel Grey, an Oscar winner, has 'actor' written in bold letters all over your future. Also, her mother was a dancer. It seems like she unleashed the best of both worlds as Baby Houseman in Dirty Dancing; her most memorable performance till date, alongside Red Dawn, and some other movies I didn't bother remembering the names of.
Anyways, Jennifer studied dance as a child. Who would've thought? Then acting followed, at the Dalton School in Manhattan, where she graduated from in 1978. Grey continued her acting training at Manhattan’s Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, whilst also working as a waitress to support herself. Does that sound familiar? Mary Jane?
Unsurprisingly, Grey got her first acting job before she even finished her studies: a cameo in Dr Pepper’s commercial in 1979, when she was just 19. Makes you wonder what you're doing with your life.
Grey's big-screen career began, not long after her debut as a soft drinks saleswoman. She managed to get her first film role at the age 23, a small role in the 1984 romantic drama Reckless. I still got time.
She graduated progressively, to larger roles in two other films the same year, The Cotton Club and Red Dawn. It was the two roles as Patsy Dwyer and Toni respectively, that propelled her career to some height and helped her get noticed by Francis Ford Coppola.
A Dirty Dance
Dirty Dancing became her reunion with the Hollywood-Hunk Patrick Swayze. She was disappointed that he was cast, since they had a history of animosity, shared from their collaboration in their past project Red Dawn.
Then the couple's dancing went together so well during rehearsals, the initial friction faded; only to give birth to an even stronger one.
Despite the constant confrontations, and the endless little squabbles, the project went on, and boy, was that worth it. Dirty Dancing is her biggest movie ever. Made with a budget of $6 million, the film grossed $214 million worldwide, making it the third biggest film that year at the box office.
The success didn’t end there: When Dirty Dancing was released on VHS, it became the first film to sell a million copies on video. Furthermore, when the film was re-released in 1997, videos were still selling at the rate of over 50,000 a month.
Here's the thing about meteoric rises; when they fall, they come down with a crash. After dirty dancing, she played in a number of total flop films like Bloodhounds of Broadway, and Wind. They sank virtually without a trace, leaving the actress disappointed. That led to a series of very bad decisions, that changed her whole life.
Jennifer underwent rhinoplasty: Twice. It was a total disaster, even her friends couldn't recognize her; which is surprising to say the least. Either she didn't have very good friends, or the result of the surgery was totally horrible. You be the judge.
"I went in the operating theater a celebrity, and came out anonymous," Grey said in 2012. "It was like being in a witness protection program, or being invisible. I'll always be this once-famous actress nobody recognizes ... because of a nose job."
In 2010, she won Dancing with The Stars, which can be considered her biggest achievement after the nose job. She's dated the likes of Johnny Depp and Matthew Broderick, but she has been married to Clark Gregg since 2003. They have a child together and they're married happily.